Over 12 million people over the age of 65 live alone in their homes in the United States of America.
While living alone certainly has its benefits, it is not without risk.
By taking a few preventative measures and removing some pitfalls, you will be able to help your loved ones remain safe at home.
Fall-proof the home.
The National Council on Aging finds that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common nonfatal hospital admissions among the aging population.
You can help prevent falls by removing tripping hazards and installing grab bars, or railings, in areas of the home where falls are most likely to occur.
Make check-ins a regular routine.
Regular check-ins with your loved one is peace of mind for both of you. Whether you call or visit in person, routine check-ins allow you to gauge how your loved one is doing in their current environment.
Update their contact lists.
If your loved one is aging at home and is alone, they must have a list of trusted contacts to call in the case of an emergency.
The list can contain the names and numbers of neighbors, doctors, police, and family members. Also, make sure that the contacts have your name and number to reach you in the event of an emergency.
Install proper lighting.
Installing nightlights, motion-detected lighting, and keeping flashlights readily available can help reduce the risk of nighttime falls and help the elderly move around more easily and safely.
Check fire alarms regularly.
Make sure that the smoke detectors in your loved ones’ home are in good working order. Fire alarms should be tested once a month, and batteries should be replaced regularly.
Invest in a medical alert device.
These devices are designed to give you the ultimate peace of mind while your loved one is living alone.
In the event of an emergency, your loved one will be instantly connected to an emergency response operator who can assess the situation and get help to them quickly.
It doesn’t take much to ensure these steps, but once the pitfalls are removed, your loved one can be at home safely. Not to mention, you’ll have peace of mind.
We specialize in educating and helping you protect what you have for the people you love the most.